Of course she would call. Why wouldn’t she call? She called at 11:07PM. Nobody calls with good news at 11:07PM. DO they? I was worried when I saw my sister’s phone number come up on the caller ID. What has happened? Who’s in the hospital? These were the questions going through my mind as I answered the phone. I was expecting a frantic voice, or a cry. I heard instead a timid but excited thrill in her voice. “I wanted to thank you for talking to me this afternoon. It gave me a lot of good information that I needed to think about.” We had talked about the Lord and seeking a spiritual life for about an hour. She wanted to learn about the Lord. She wanted to meet and study the Bible. She wanted to be discipled. She was asking me to do with her exactly what Jesus asked His disciples to do with all those with whom they shared the gospel. “Go and make disciples…” Matthew 28:19
My sister is a beautiful, intelligent woman. She is eight years younger than me but I usually forget the age difference and view her as my peer. For the last 17 years she has watched and listened to me walk haltingly through my Christian faith. I describe it this way because some awful things have happened and I dealt with some things in a very unhealthy, even un”Christian” way. For the last 17 years I have continued to get back up and proclaim faith in Jesus. For the last 17 years I have continued to study my Bible and talk about what I’ve learned. The prophet Isaiah gave me much encouragement when he wrote, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31
I have always been reminded by this verse that the Lord will come to my rescue and these trials shall pass.
I don’t think that my sister has ever misunderstood nor been misled about my beliefs. I am outspoken and my family knows where I stand. When I knew full well that she disagreed with me I still spoke my beliefs and tried not to insult hers. I also failed at those attempts sometimes. I hope she always realized that I was sorry to offend her. She always saw that I loved Jesus first, and then I loved His church. I loved my local church. I loved my friends in my church. I loved them like family. And of course I deeply loved my family. My best hope was that my family would join my local church and these two groups would be one – forever!
I could go on about what I do to show love to my family and friends but the truth is that there is nothing that I could do in my own strength that can help anyone. I write this blog to encourage you, but I realized that ultimately it is the Lord who will encourage you. Please pray for me that I am able to teach my sister accurately what the Lord has for her. Pray for my sister that her life will be changed permanently by Jesus. Pray that we experience the joy of the Lord like never before as we labor together in the Kingdom of God.
Do you have a brother or sister like mine? Somebody who you have been praying for, loving on and hoping for a life altering experience with Jesus? Remember what Paul said in Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Revival is coming! Revival may already be here! We will reap the Father’s harvest. Somebody has sown the seed, maybe you. Somebody has watered it, again maybe you. God is making it grow and thrive. We need only harvest it. Keep praying! Keep loving! Keep hoping! God will not disappoint!!